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#359489 - 07/12/08 11:27 PM 2008 Darkside game recommendations
flotsam Online   content
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Posts: 4155
Loc: Canberra, Australia
Hi all,
Here tis as promised.
Plenty of people dabble in the darkside, me included, but need help about what to play. Its a dark scary world over here, and some guidance is welcomed.
So, the object of this thread, like its light side sibling,is to recommend to other boomers non-adventure games that you believe worthy of playing in this day and age. The games may be your all time favourites, but they need not be. I loved Quake at the time but I wouldn't recommend it today.
We then compile a final list as a resource for other players.
The rules are fairly simple.

1. Subject to the devilchilli special offer (see below) you can recommend a maximum of 13 games, but you don't have to, and can recommend less.
2. You can't list a series, unless you use single votes for each game.
3. Expansion packs will be considered seperate games, on the basis that the original might be ordinary but an expansion pack superb.
4. Any game that is not pure adventure can be listed, irrespective of genre.
5. You don't have to indicate the type or genre, and you are not limited to any specific number of games in any genre. Go ahead and list 13 rpg's if you choose.
6. It is essentially a pc list, but given that many players have consoles as well, if you want to list games for the console go right ahead.

devilchili Special offer - to assist with counting, anyone who lists in reverse alphabetical order (z-a) can list 14 games devilchili

Please use full titles where possible as I am not as familiar with titles and series over here. Add ons and expansions might confuse me but I will shout if help is needed.
We will keep the list open for 13 days and with help from a nickie of two, the list will be categorised for genre, at least down as far as games with multiple recommendations.
So who is first??
Quantity has a quality all of its own

#359496 - 07/12/08 11:48 PM Re: 2008 Darkside game recommendations [Re: flotsam]
BrownEyedTigre Offline
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Registered: 01/04/04
Posts: 76322
Loc: In the Naughty Corner
Thanks Flotsam

Looks like I'm first. devilchili

Sacred Plus
Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition
FEAR Perseus Mandate
Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, The
Drakan: Order of the Flame
Divine Divinity
Diablo II
Clive Barkers Undying
Beyond Divinity
American McGees Alice

Ana wave
Don't feed the Trolls

#359498 - 07/13/08 12:10 AM Re: 2008 Darkside game recommendations [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
oldman Offline
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Registered: 04/15/00
Posts: 3779
Loc: Lost in the Arizona Desert
Well, since I made both my lists at the same time expecting this one I'll go ahead and list them.
Two Worlds
Tomb Raider 3
Dungeon Siege 2
Divine Divinity
Betrayal In Antara

Doing it aphabetically in reverse puts my favorite RPG in the number 1 position and the first RPG I played in the last position. Doesn't mean anything but I thought it was interesting. think puppy

The Witcher has bumped Morrowind down to second of my favorite RPG's. praise
You laugh because I'm different
I laugh because you're all the same

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.


#359504 - 07/13/08 12:47 AM Re: 2008 Darkside game recommendations [Re: oldman]
nickie Offline
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Registered: 01/08/02
Posts: 13453
Loc: Texas
Sacred Plus (should count the same as Sacred I think)
Quest for Glory 4
Might and Magic VI
Indigo Prophecy (aka Fahrenheit)
Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition (aka Kult)
Ghost Master
Dungeon Siege 2
Dragonriders of Pern
Divine Divinity
Beyond Divinity
Anachronox devilchili
"How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

#359508 - 07/13/08 01:07 AM Re: 2008 Darkside game recommendations [Re: nickie]
Pokey Offline
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Registered: 06/01/99
Posts: 5706
Loc: California
Thief 2
System Shock 2
Planescape Torment
Half Life 2
Gothic 2
Deus Ex

#359509 - 07/13/08 01:09 AM Re: 2008 Darkside game recommendations [Re: flotsam]
Demosthenes Offline
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Registered: 04/14/01
Posts: 2627
Loc: Indiana
The Witcher
Super Mario Galaxy
Mass Effect
The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past
Katamari Damacy
Half Life 2
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Chrono Trigger
Beyond Good & Evil
American McGee's Alice

Some of the best games in my list came out this year. Always a good sign. grin

#359519 - 07/13/08 02:22 AM Re: 2008 Darkside game recommendations [Re: Demosthenes]
Mad Offline
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Registered: 11/21/00
Posts: 28645
Loc: United Kingdom
Hi flotsam smile

Here's mine .... And thanks thumbsup

Vampire The Masquerade : Redemption
The Witcher
The Elder Scrolls III : Morrowind
Return to Krondor
Planescape Torment
Neverwinter Nights
Might & Magic VI
Knights of the Old republic II
Knights of the Old Republic
Divine Divinity
Betrayal in Antara
Baldur’s Gate


Mad wave

Time : The Most Precious Commodity

#359578 - 07/13/08 08:22 AM Re: 2008 Darkside game recommendations [Re: Mad]
Carolin Offline
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Registered: 09/05/02
Posts: 586
Loc: Oslo, Norway
Aiken's Artifact - Sanity
Alone in the Dark - The New Nightmare
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Star Wars - Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy
Star Wars - Knights of the Old Republic
Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines

I haven't lost it, I just can't find it....

#359602 - 07/13/08 09:16 AM Re: 2008 Darkside game recommendations [Re: Carolin]
syd Offline
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Registered: 11/12/99
Posts: 12307
Loc: Body in California/Heart in Ha...
(The) Witcher
Sacred Plus
Quest for Glory I
Planescape Torment
Might & Magic VI
Knights of the Old Republic II (KOTOR II)
Knights of the Old Republic I (KOTOR I)
Gothic II
Gothic I
Divine Divinity

Man thinking in reverse hurt my brain devilchili
Dark Side : Risen
Light Side:

I can only please one person a day. Today isn't your day. Tomorrow's not looking good either.

#359610 - 07/13/08 09:37 AM Re: 2008 Darkside game recommendations [Re: flotsam]
Trail_Mystic Offline
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Registered: 02/12/04
Posts: 6250
Loc: Wisconsin
Star Wars: Republic Commando
PlaneScape Torment
Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer
Mass Effect
Knights of the Old Republic 1
Halo 1
Fall-Out 1
Deus Ex
Civilization Chronicles (Full Release of all Current Expansions) devilchili
Baldur's Gate 2
Arcanum of Steamworks and Magick Ubscura
Advent Rising

If it doesn't seem to fit in with the voting requirements because it is more of an anthology of games, Civilization Chronicles can be removed as it is my "Devil Chilli" pick. I just had to put it in this year, because it is such a great deal on a huge amount of good game playing....Well...for those of us who enjoy being ruler of the Universe lol

Edited by Trail_Mystic (07/14/08 01:51 AM)
Edit Reason: Specified Versions
"A world is supported by four things: The learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the righteous, the valor of the brave, but all of these are as nothing without a ruler who knows the art of ruling - Make that the science of your tradition."

The Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam from the novel Dune

#359629 - 07/13/08 10:25 AM Re: 2008 Darkside game recommendations [Re: Trail_Mystic]
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Adept Boomer

Registered: 06/03/05
Posts: 13557
Loc: In Missouri near St. Louis
The Witcher
Diablo II Lords of Destruction (an expansion pack)
American Magee's Alice
Clive Barker's Undying
Fable The Lost Chapters
The Hobbit
Heading out to the gardens...

#359755 - 07/13/08 03:30 PM Re: 2008 Darkside game recommendations [Re: Trail_Mystic]
Karsten Offline
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Registered: 10/25/06
Posts: 1608
Loc: Denmark, Europe
Voice le vote, oh this isn't the vote the Eurovision song Contest. Sorry about that...

Anyway, here's my vote for the darkside list 2008

Arcanum: Of steamworks and magick
Baldur's Gate (the orginal)
Fallout 1
Gothic 3
Halo: Combat Evolved (aka Halo 1)
Mass Effect
NWN2: Mask of the Betrayer
Planescape: Torment
Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl
Temple of Elemental Evil
The Witcher

It is only 12 games, but it is the 12 best ones, imo...

Edited by Karsten (07/13/08 04:46 PM)
Edit Reason: slipped in the witcer and mask of the betrayer (nwn2)
Adventure gaming is fun smile

#360073 - 07/14/08 09:23 AM Re: 2008 Darkside game recommendations [Re: Karsten]
Barb Offline
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Registered: 11/27/99
Posts: 1845
Loc: Leavenworth, KS
1. Vampire the Masquerade-Redemption
2. Vampire the Masquerade-Bloodlines
3. Might & Magic 7
4. Clive Barker's Undying
5. Gothic I
6. Gothic II
7. Lands of Lore
8. Call of Cthulhu - DCOTE
9. Indiana Jones & the Infernal Machine
10. Silent Hill 2
11. Silent Hill 3
12. Wizardry 7 - Crusaders of the Dark Savant
13. Bioshock
"Christof, do not play with thy food. 'tis unseemly".

#360121 - 07/14/08 10:53 AM Re: 2008 Darkside game recommendations [Re: Barb]
croaker Offline
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Registered: 11/17/05
Posts: 2096
Loc: N.J. U.S.A.
Thanks for putting together all our DarkSide lists, flotsom!

1. Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
2. Thief: Deadly Shadows
3. The Witcher
4. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
5. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
6. Psychonauts
7. Planescape: Torment
8. Okami [Wii]
9. No One Lives Forever
10. Mass Effect
11. Knights of the Old Republic
12. Jade Empire: Special Edition
13. Gothic II
14. Bioshock

For series (Gothic, KotOR, and so on) I restricted myself to just one. For the Thief series, it was a tough call. I like the eariler games better for the most part, but areas like The Shalebridge Cradle tipped me to the third.
Soldiers live and wonder why -- Glen Cook

#360424 - 07/14/08 09:58 PM Re: 2008 Darkside game recommendations [Re: croaker]
metzomagic Offline
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Registered: 11/03/04
Posts: 557
Loc: Dublin, Ireland
Wow, this is really difficult...

14. Thief: The Dark Project
13. System Shock 2
12. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
11. Realms of the Haunting
10. Planescape: Torment
9. Jade Empire
8. Half-Life 2
7. Half-Life
6. Freelancer
5. Fallout 2
4. Fallout
3. Divine Divinity
2. Deus Ex
1. Arcanum

Once again, thanks for offering to do the compilation duties, flotsam!

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